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Archives Month and Spooky Season 2022

By A&O Committee member Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society

This month during American Archives Month, the Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee decided to spend most of the month sharing three blog posts that highlight medical collections found in Ohio Archives. This theme was in keeping with the 2022 Ohio poster theme for Archives Month: Ohio Healthcare: The True Heart of it All.

Our final blog post for Archives Month is more in keeping with the spooky October season, focusing on spooky and scary things found in the archives. The committee invited other Ohio archives to share stories and items from their collections online using #ScaryOHArchives.

Today, while I may be highlighting some things that I personally find spooky or scary from the collections of the Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center in Springfield, Ohio, I also wanted to point out the subjective nature of what one may find to be scary.

Several years ago our collections staff here in Springfield decided to put together an exhibit based around scary stuff. We quickly found that each of us had different ideas about what specifically we found creepy in our collections. We decided to lean into the subjective nature of creepiness and allowed members of the staff to determine their objects of choice and write their own text to explain the scary factor, eventually coming up with thirteen objects or themes.

Color photo of a photographic portrait of Congressman Samuel Shellabarger

Congressman Samuel Shellabarger. Maybe a great guy…perfect for a haunted house wandering eye portrait. Clark County Historical Society.

My number one choice? Creepy eyes. Maybe it stems from my four-year-old self’s fear of the Wicked Queen/Old Hag from Snow White On Ice. Could have been that ill-advised screening of Children of the Corn during a middle school sleepover. Whatever the reason, I’ve never been a fan of big spooky eyes. You may be familiar with the “following-eye” portraits seen in haunted houses and scary movies. They make you feel as if someone is always watching you, not in a reassuring way, but more in a “make-you-hair-stand-on-end” kind of way. Continue reading

Ohio Archives Month Archival Spotlights: Dittrick Medical History Center

View of Dittrick Medical History Center Archives

View of Dittrick Medical History Center Archives. Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University.

Archival Spotlights: Post #2

The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee (A&O) wanted to celebrate Archives Month in a new way, so we are featuring a handful of archives in a series of posts we are calling Archival Spotlights. Since the Archives Month poster’s theme was “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of it All,” we felt it a good idea to feature archives that focus on healthcare or have interesting collections related to healthcare.

About the Dittrick Medical History Center and its Collections

By A&O Committee Member Amy Czubak, Ohio History Connection.

Have you ever wanted to read a letter written by Charles Darwin? Examine intricately detailed medical drawings? Maybe see inside of a Civil War era amputation kit? The Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has all of these things and more! Named after the first curator, Dr. Howard Dittrick (1877–1954), the museum and archives has been collecting medical history for nearly 100 years and has the most comprehensive collection concerning medical instruments and implements in the United States.

Disk Oxygenator diagram

Diagrams found in the Dittrick Medical History Center Archives include this one of a disk oxygenator. The disk oxygenator removes carbon and gasses from the blood and adds in oxygen.
Disk oxygenator diagram engineered by Richard Jones, PhD. Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University.

The Cleveland Medical Library Association, established in 1894, developed a historical committee in 1898. At its helm was a prominent Cleveland area surgeon named Dr. Dudley Peter Allen (1852–1915), who was tasked with caring for and preserving donations given to the Cleveland Medical Library Association by Dr. Allen and other members of the Association. A new medical library built on land donated by Western Reserve University, and funded by money donated by Dr. Allen’s widow, was established in 1926 and featured a third floor museum gallery.
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Ohio Archivist Fall 2022 Issue Available

Ohio Archivist Fall 2022 coverThe fall 2022 issue of Ohio Archivist, SOA’s biennial publication, is now available to download as a PDF!

In this issue you will find information about the Joint Fall Meeting on the theme Be the Change, the Archives Month poster, a recap of the spring Annual Conference, a Digital Discussions article, and much more!.

Contents:
– Archives & Sustainability: Annual Meeting 2022 Recap
– President’s Message
– Be the Change: Joint Fall Meeting
– Archives Month Poster
– Student Scholarship Award Recipient: Kasandra Fager
– New Professional Scholarship Award Recipient: Bridget Retzloff
– Digital Discussions: “Analyzing Your Analytics” by Jenni Salamon
– News & Notes
– Election Results
– Editor’s Note

See all past Ohio Archivist issues on that publication’s page.

Questions? Contact Ohio Archivist Editor-in-Chief Jessica Heys.

Ask an Archivist Day 2022

Ask An Archivist Day 2022 graphic from SAA

Ask An Archivist Day 2022 graphic from SAA

Who here in Ohio is planning on taking part in #AskAnArchivist Day?

This is an opportunity to talk with the public so they can learn about archives and archivists. Questions vary widely but we hope you will hop on Twitter and respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.  We hope to see you there, next Wednesday, October 12!

More information and resources at the Society of American Archivists #AskAnArchivist Day page. They also have a signup to be on the list of those participating.

This post part of Archives Month activities from the Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee.

Ohio Archives Month Archival Spotlights: Ohio University’s Mahn Center

Athens Mental Health Center Administration building, winter 1981

Athens Mental Health Center Administration building, winter 1981. Tom O’Grady. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.

Announcing a New Series

The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee wanted to celebrate Archives Month in a new way, so we will be featuring a handful of archives in a series of posts we are calling Archival Spotlights. Since the Archives Month poster’s theme was “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of it All,” we felt it a good idea to feature archives that focus on healthcare or have interesting collections related to healthcare. The first archive to be featured is the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, focusing on their Athens Mental Health Center collection.

About the Mahn Center, and the Athens Mental Health Center Collection

By A&O Committee Chair Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation.

The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, part of Ohio University Libraries in Athens, Ohio, contains the Ohio University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscript Collections, and the Documentary Photography Archive. The Mahn Center’s mission “is to support the education, research, and creative endeavors of Ohio University, or broad community of researcher, and anyone with an interest in the preservation of cultural heritage.” Ohio University is in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio and is a center for arts and culture in the area.

Athens is renowned for what is now known as The Ridges. Originally called the Athens Lunatic Asylum and later named the Athens State Hospital, The Ridges opened in 1874. The Athens Mental Health Center collection documents its evolution.

Plan for buildings and grounds of Athens Lunatic Asylum, 1872

Plan for buildings and grounds of Athens Lunatic Asylum, 1872. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.

This fold-out map from 1872 was pasted into some copies of the first annual report of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. The construction of the campus started in 1868. The grounds were designed by Herman Haerlin, who was also the landscape architect of the Oval at The Ohio University. The architect was Levi T. Scofield. Continue reading

Register Now: SOA Virtual Workshop, Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing, Nov 9-10, 2022

The Society of Ohio Archivists is excited to announce that registration is now open for its fall virtual workshop, “Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing“!

“Going Rogue” will be held online via Zoom on both Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10,  10am-12pm Eastern. This is a two-day workshop and attendees are expected to participate on both days. The workshop will not be recorded but resource links will be shared after the workshop.

See the Meetings page for all the details and to register.

Registration is FREE for members and $15 for non-members.

Description: The challenges of born digital records are well-known to most archivists by now. For years professional literature, workshops, and trainings have informed us of the complexities and issues around these materials. But what happens when theory meets reality? What kinds of collections are we actually encountering, and what are the real-life tools and procedures that repositories are using?

Speakers: Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies and Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Digital Records Archivist, Archives & Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

The SOA Educational Programming Committee is partnering with the Midwest Archives Conference Speakers Bureau to offer this great educational opportunity.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

Internship: OBWC Library & Archives Intern

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation – Division of Safety & Hygiene welcomes applicants for the Library & Archives Intern position.

Institution: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation – Division of Safety & Hygiene
Position: Library & Archives Intern
Location: 30 West Spring Street, Columbus Ohio 43221
Details at https://dasstateoh.taleo.net/careersection/oh_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=2200095V&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York
Availability: This is a temporary, part-time intern position working up to 29 hrs/week.
Application deadline: October 23, 2022
Paid: Yes. Up to $19.99 per hour depending on academic grade level. No benefits.
On-Going Program: No

SOA’s Internship and Volunteer listings page is a project of the Membership and Awards Committee. Contact committee member Mark Bloom to submit or update an entry.

Watch Ohio Archives Month 2022 Poster Reveal

The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee held an unveiling event for the Ohio Archives Month poster on Thursday, September 8, 2022, 3-4pm on Zoom.

At the unveiling, we heard more about the top ten winning photos (as voted by you!), played some fun Ohio health history trivia, and finally, saw the reveal of this year’s beautiful poster.

The theme of this year’s poster is “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of It All,” and we received so many amazing submissions! See more about the submissions and the voting process in “2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster Top 10 Voting Results.”

Watch the Zoom unveiling event on the SOA YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ba1PSJaBxLk (or in the embed below).

Download the poster as a PDF from the website. And see past posters. Physical posters are in the mail (I got mine last week).

Stand by for more Archive Month in Ohio activities!

 

Questions? Contact A&O Committee Chair Collette McDonough.

SOA Council Meeting Minutes for Aug 2, 2022 Available

The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent leadership meeting minutes, from August 2, 2022, can now be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page. The document includes many between-meeting actions.

Interested in SOA over time? Also on that page are minutes dating back to 1997. In addition to documenting actions from the leadership meeting, minutes include reports from the treasurer as well as from committees and task forces.

Questions about minutes? Contact SOA Secretary Jen Johnson.

Internship: Oberlin College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Intern

The Oberlin College Libraries welcome applicants for the Archives and Special Collections Intern position.

Institution: Oberlin College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Position: Archives and Special Collections Intern
Location: Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Details at https://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/12813
Availability: Begins October 3, 2022 and ends on March 31, 2023 with the possibility of an extension for another 6 months. This is a temporary, part-time intern position working up to 20 hrs/week.
Application deadline: Open until filled.
Paid: Yes. $15.00 per hour / No benefits.

SOA’s Internship and Volunteer listings page is a project of the Membership and Awards Committee. Contact committee member Mark Bloom to submit or update an entry.